thursday
february 27
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged): Playwrights Jesse Borgeson, Adam Long, and Daniel Singer have done the unthinkable: They've compressed the works of the Bard into a wild, 97-minute romp. Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) features Hamlet performed backwards, Titus Andronicus as a cooking show, and a Nineties rap version of Othello, providing a rollicking introduction for the uninitiated, or a seam-busting refresher course for those who vaguely remember it all from school. The Florida Shakespeare Theatre presents Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) at the Biltmore Hotel (1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables) through March 15. Tickets range in price from $22 to $26. Performances run Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. Call 446-1116. (GC)

friday
february 28
Grand Prix of Miami: The Indy cars' 1997 World Series begins with the Grand Prix of Miami, revving up this weekend at the Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex (1 Speedway Rd., Homestead). Last year's winner Jimmy Vassar returns to the speedway, along with fellow racers Al Unser, Jr., Michael Andretti, Bobby Rahal, Paul Tracy, Christian Fittipaldi, Alex Zanardi, and many others. Tickets range in price from $40 to $200, good for all three days of racing. But hurry, the event is expected to sell out. The Grand Prix runs through Sunday, with races beginning daily at 7:30 a.m. Call 230-RACE. (GC)

Carnaval Miami: Gear up for the Calle Ocho festival with a week of Latin-flavored events, beginning tonight at 7:00 p.m. with the Carnaval Miami 8K Run at SW 8th Street and 22nd Avenue, followed by a dinner dance featuring Carlos Oliva y Los Sobrinos del Juez. Registration is $20; call 666-RACE for details. Tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. the Orange Bowl (1501 NW Third St.) heats up with the Noche de Carnaval concert, headlining carnaval queen Thalia and second-generation crooner Enrique Iglesias (son of you-know-who), plus Ilegales, Azucar Moreno, Sergio Vargas, and many others. Tickets cost $13 and $17. The festival hits the beach on Sunday at noon with Carnaval Miami South Beach at Ocean Drive and Tenth Street. There will be a Latin music concert with Jerry Rivera, Marc Anthony, Mania, Eddie Santiago, and the Coco Band, plus a soccer tournament, a parade, and an attempt to break the world's record for the largest (and perhaps silliest) macarena dance. Carnaval Miami continues through March 9. Admission to all events is free unless otherwise noted. Call 644-8888. (GC)

Cheers One World Beer Festival: Beer lovers rejoice! Sample hundreds of beers created by major, regional, and micro/specialty brewers from around the world at the James L. Knight Center (400 SE Second Ave.). Festgoers can also attend seminars and panel discussions about beer-making and the beer industry, and check out equipment exhibitions and demonstrations. Admission is $25. Fest hours are 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. tonight; noon to 4:30 and 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. tomorrow; and 1:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Call 372-0929. (GC)

The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged): See Thursday.

saturday
march 1
Asian Arts Festival: Celebrate the Far East this weekend at the Fruit and Spice Park (24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead). The seventh annual Asian Arts Festival features live music and folk dance, fashion shows, martial arts, arts and crafts, plants and fruit, and authentic cuisine from 40 nations, including Bali, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam. Admission is five dollars for adults, three for kids ages six to twelve (free for tots under six). The fest runs today and tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Call 247-5727. (GC)

Doral-Ryder Open: Defending champ and three-time winner Greg Norman faces more than 140 of the world's top golfers as the 36th annual Doral-Ryder Open tees off today on the Blue Monster course of the Doral Golf Resort and Spa (4400 NW 87th Ave.). The tournament opens with a free Concert on the Green tonight at 6:00 p.m., featuring trumpet legend Arturo Sandoval and the New World Symphony with conductor John Covelli. Tomorrow at noon the amateurs tee off in the Bronze Circle Pro-Am. On Monday at 11:00 a.m. amateurs and pros meet in the Chase Silver Circle Pro-Am. Four of golf's most popular players -- Norman, Jack Nicklaus, Fred Couples, and Raymond Floyd -- vie for prize money in the Cadillac Skins Game on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. And on Wednesday the Bridgestone Gold Circle Pro-Am tees off at 7:00 and 11:45 a.m., while the Mid-Week Pro-Am starts at 11:00 a.m. The Doral-Ryder Open runs through March 9, with play beginning at 7:30 a.m. on March 6 and 7, and at 8:30 a.m. on March 8 and 9. Weekly passes cost $30 and include admission to the Skins Game, Bridgestone and Mid-Week pro-ams, and the four tourney days, plus a free round of golf at the Doral. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society. Admission to the pro-ams on Sunday and Monday are free. Call 477-GOLF for more information. (GC)

Southeast Florida Scottish Festival and Games: Don your kilt and tam-o'-shanter for the fourteenth annual Scottish Festival, taking place today from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Plantation Heritage Park (1100 S. Fig Tree Ln., Plantation). The fest features live entertainment by the City of Dunedin Pipe Band, fiddler Natalie MacMaster, folk groups the Brigadoons and Clan Na Gael, pianist Tracey Dares, and folk singer Eric Duncan, plus highland dancing, piping and drumming, heavy athletics, and authentic Scottish food and drink. Admission is nine dollars for adults, two for kids ages six to twelve. Call 954-776-5675. (GC)

The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged): See Thursday.
Grand Prix of Miami: See Friday.
Carnaval Miami: See Friday.
Cheers One World Beer Festival: See Friday.

sunday
march 2
David Copperfield: Don't talk bunny rabbits and top hats to David Copperfield. And if you've ever wondered how he walks through that giant industrial fan, how he survives being cut in half by a laser, how he got Claudia Schiffer to agree to marry him -- well, keep wondering, because he's not going to tell you. He will, however, delight you with illusions that will take your breath away. (Maybe we can get him to make Miami's budget deficit disappear.) Copperfield brings his sell-out Broadway show Dreams and Nightmares to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) tonight and tomorrow at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. The show moves to the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) on March 14 at 9:00 p.m., March 15 at 1:00, 4:30, and 8:00 p.m., and March 16 at 1:00 and 4:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $26 to $48. Call the venues at 954-462-0222 or 673-7300. (JO)

Director's Cut: The EDGE Theatre (405 Espanola Way, Miami Beach) explores new theatrical works with a series of play readings and discussions every Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The series opens today with Robert Coles's Barracudas, a comedy-drama about young hedonists on South Beach. Each reading in the series will be presented on two consecutive Sunday afternoons. Admission is five dollars (includes refreshments). Call 531-6083. (GC)

Aman International Music and Dance Company: Experience a multitude of cultures in a whirl of colors and sounds as this company of 30-plus authentically costumed dancers and musicians explores folklore as an expression of the human spirit. In its twentieth year, Aman International Music and Dance Company boasts one of the richest and most expansive repertoires of any American performance troupe, with works from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and North and South America, performed with native instruments and traditional movements. Today at 2:00 p.m. the company performs at Bailey Hall (3501 SW Davie Rd., Davie). Tickets cost $18. Call 888-475-6884. (GC)

The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged): See Thursday.
Carnaval Miami: See Friday.
Cheers One World Beer Festival: See Friday.
Doral-Ryder Open: See Saturday.

monday
march 3
Laurence Shames: Key West-based author Laurence Shames has penned a number of sweltering thrillers set in and around the waters of his own back yard, including Tropical Depression, Sunburn, Scavenger Reef, and Florida Straits. His latest book Virgin Heat may be the most scorching yet, as Mafia princess Angelina Amaro hunts down Sal Martucci, the man who betrayed her father and stole her heart. Shames reads from Virgin Heat tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Books & Books (296 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables). Admission is free. Call 442-4408. (GC)

David Copperfield: See Sunday.

tuesday
march 4
Forever Tango: A hand flicks, a foot taps, an eyebrow arches, and everything is said. The sultry Argentine dance of lust and romance takes over the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Choreographed and directed by Luis Bravo in 1990, Forever Tango traces the dance's history -- from the bordellos of Buenos Aires to Parisian high society to contemporary stages -- through spectacular, sensual dance numbers and musical interludes performed by an all-Argentine cast of fourteen dancers and eleven musicians. The show ran for eighteen months in San Francisco and six months in Chicago to packed houses, and stops in South Florida on its way to Broadway. Tickets range in price from $19 to $35. Performances run today through March 7 at 8:00 p.m., and March 9 at 3:00 p.m. Call 673-7300. (GC)

FM 2030: Renowned futurist FM 2030 wants to shed the light of the future on the present. The author of Are You a Transhuman? and Telespheres, Mr. 2030 (he had his name legally changed to reflect his belief that the years around 2030 will be "a magical time") was one of the first academics to lecture about and teach future studies at American universities, including Harvard, UCLA, New York's New School of Social Research, and George Washington University. FM 2030 conducts a two-part seminar entitled "Major Transformations: The Next Ten Years" tonight and March 11 at 7:00 p.m. at FIU North Campus (NE 151st Street and Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami), during which he will discuss his ideas about the rise of the 21st-century post-industrial world, specific techniques for looking to the future rather than the past, and trends regarding technology and social values. Admission is $40, or $65 for both lectures. Call 919-5669. (GC)

wednesday
march 5
Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show: All auto shows are not created equal. For example, the Fort Lauderdale International Auto Show, running through March 9 at the Broward County Convention Center (1950 Eisenhower Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), is the only one in the nation that benefits charity. In addition to helping out the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County, visitors can catch the "Yugo Next" exhibition, a collection of redesigned Yugo automobiles by students from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. It's not every auto show where you get to see a grand piano made from a car -- much less from a car manufactured in a country that doesn't even exist any more. Later hop over to NASA's Technology Highway, featuring the latest gadgets in transportation. Oh yeah, and you can see some new car models for 1997, too. Admission is six dollars for adults, half for children ages six to twelve, and free for kids under six. Show hours are 2:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today through March 7; 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on March 8; and 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on March 9. Call 954-765-5900. (JO)

Xavier Cortes: Bash (655 Washington Ave., Miami Beach) continues its series of Wednesday-night art openings with an exhibition by Xavier Cortes. Cortes emblazons his dream-dark canvases with piercing eyes and flashes of brilliant color, and creates cyborg sculpture from silver-painted goat skulls and discarded computer chips. Besides being a visual artist, Cortes has also performed in several local bands, including the recently defunct Soft E-Z Chair, and he has designed record covers for Ed Matus' Struggle and many others. Admission to the club is $10. Doors open at 10:00 p.m. Call 538-2274. (

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